Having a baby is a wonderful time. You have gone through nine months of pregnancy, and now you have your little one with you. Once you have brought them home from the hospital, it’s time to start getting to know your little one. A lot of new parents don’t realise what can happen in the first year of the baby’s life. Here are some things which your baby may suffer from in the first year and what you can do about them! It feel like such a long time since I had a teeny baby.
Thrush is a very common condition in newborn babies. It can often occur in their mouth, and you may first notice it if your baby is not feeding as easily. You may also spot white spots in the mouth which is surrounded by a lot of redness. A baby’s immune system is not very strong, so they are more prone to have an oral infection such as thrush. As discussed in this article, if you suspect they have oral thrush, take them to the doctor. They will give you a gel which will be spread around the baby’s mouth, and on your nipples if you are breastfeeding. It should hopefully disappear within two weeks of treatment.
One of the most common conditions which may occur in your baby is colic. It is where a baby can cry excessively for hours on end. If you notice they are crying for hours for no reason, it’s time to take them to the doctor. They will be able to confirm whether the baby has colic and suggest ways to deal with it. There is not a clear reason why it happens; some say it can be because their gut is still developing. The doctor may advise you try may some supplements which you add to formula or breast milk and are formulated as safe for babies. But sometimes there is no specific cure; colic often passes after the first few months. Here is some more information on colic.
Babies are more prone to eye infections in the first few months. It’s often down to the exposure to bacteria when they come through the birth canal. As their immune system is still developing, it often can lead to infection. You can take them to the doctor who will suggest eye ointments or drops to help the little one. In the first few months, they may also develop conjunctivitis, which is caused by viruses and can be helped with eye drops.
Another thing new parents might not know babies often suffer from is reflux. It’s often common for babies to bring back up milk because their stomach is full and still developing. But if it’s happening a lot, you may need to talk to the doctor. They will check if your baby has gastro-oesophageal reflux. It can tend to happen in the first couple of months of their life and can last till they are a year.
Here are some other infant digestive problems that your baby may suffer from. Remember if you spot any of the above, talk to your health visitor or your doctor about your concerns.
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